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Help me find the perfect dishes!<br><br>
I'm currently using a plastic (melamine ?) set that belonged to my grandmother and places are starting to bubble and flake!<br><br>
I'm waiting something<br>
1. sturdy (I'm know to break stuff very easily<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: )<br>
2. light weight<br>
3. fairly cheap<br>
4. average to small (I eat less with smaller plates<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) plus I live in a tiny apartment with a tiny kitchen.<br>
5. nuke-able<br><br>
OK, sounds like Correlle dishes, right, well I also want something<br>
5. Pretty<br>
and correlle just doesn't do it for me. Though if I had to pick the "textured leaves" print is do-able.<br><a href="http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=52&pid=294" target="_blank">http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=52&pid=294</a><br>
I like the asian line of dishes, but they are bulky and heavy.<br><br>
Any suggestions?
 

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I'd say correlle. I have 4 kids and not one set of complete dishes. I had a complete set of stoneware, but that lasted about a day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I think Fiestaware meets all but two of your requirements - okay, so that's only 60% but you may as well start somewhere idea-wise, eh? They're not particularly lightweight nor are they particularly cheap but if you're not looking to outfit yourself for a multi-course dinner party for twelve, you should be okay. My husband chips dishes *constantly* and has yet to do any damage to our Fiestaware. My two little ones use it all the time and haven't broken anything either. Price-wise, I've bought a lot of mine at Kohls but you can also get it online at places like Sears and Penney's for what seems to be very reasonable prices. What I think you'd like the best about it is the size of the plates. They are quite small compared to many other dishes. I assume you can nuke the stuff but we don't have a nuker. Good luck finding something that works for you!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was going to suggest Corelle.<br><br>
Not pretty, but I don't think mine are boring either:<br><a href="http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=52&pid=313" target="_blank">http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=52&pid=313</a><br><br>
For pretty, I seriously considered these, but in the end decided it was more formal than I wanted:<br><a href="http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=74&pid=317" target="_blank">http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=74&pid=317</a><br><br>
I like this one too:<br><a href="http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=51&pid=366" target="_blank">http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=51&pid=366</a><br><br>
Sorry, I know this probably wasn't helpful.
 

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Corelle!<br><br>
Very simple, nearly unbreakable, and lightweight enough that kiddos can carry them easily. It's a special laminated glass: as lightweight as plastic, but completely, totally nontoxic. We have a 'winter white' set and I looooove it. It's simple and plain, but not at all hard on the eyes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We switched to "Just White" Corelle dishes six months ago and I LOVE them. I had stonewear before and really liked it, but they kept breaking. I didn't think I'd like the lightweight dishes, but they're really fantastic. Plain white goes with everything, too, so I have prettier table cloths to make up for the plain dishes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was going to say Corelle as well, because I do think they have many pretty patterns, including plain cream dishes. And in addition to all the reasons listed above, they are made in the USA by union labor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I have the <a href="http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/index.asp?pageID=231&upc=71160314238&folderID=4" target="_blank">Thymless Herbs</a> pattern.
 

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Thanks guys, yeah Corelle seems like the way to go.<br><br>
Jennisee - Herb pattern is nice, but out of stock.<br><br>
annethcz - some of the nicer patterns you mentioned are a thicker model, their Ultra line and are around $80 for a 16 piece set.<br><br>
Living in an apartment where I have to live with white walls, I don't think I could live with white dishes.
 

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I've had white corelle for 25 years and still love it. You can pick up colors or patterns in your napkins, tableclothes, place mats, etc.<br><br>
I had a patterned set for awhile, but got rid of it. I got tired of the pattern. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I JUST got my Corelle dishes in the mail today. I got the MUSE pattern. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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It is out of stock at the Corelle site, but I'm sure you can find it in a ton of online and IRL stores. Lots of department stores carry it, and Amazon even has some right now. Not that you have to get my pattern, of course. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm fortunate that I live near a Correlle outlet.
 

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Crate and Barrel Staxx (the smaller sized ones) -- they are great! Attractive to look at, affordable to buy, stack great for storage and I swear they have been dropped dozens of times and not one has broken!
 

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Correlle receives the vote from me also. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I would like to have some prettier patterns or choices other than white background but I am happy with how well the dishes hold up.
 

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I was also thinking Corelle or Fiestaware. Our dishes need to be replaced, and we'll probably replace them with Fiestaware. I like some of the new Corelle patterns, too, though. What about the square ones? Might be easier to store with less space:<br><br><a href="http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=93" target="_blank">http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=93</a><br><br>
By the way, I find the customer reviews on Amazon very useful - people will tell you every detail, particularly if the dishes fit or don't fit in cabinets or the dishwasher, whether they chip or get scratched, etc.
 

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For Christmas all I wanted was a nice set of dishes, something that would last and was pretty. Against my better judgement I decided to get the knockoff FiestaWare looking stuff. Already I have 2 badly chipped plates and 1 bowl. I handwash and don't use the dishwasher even though it says they are dishwasher safe. I am now saving up and hoping to get FiestaWare when it goes on sale, my Birthday is coming up soon too so that should help.
 
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